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High School Students Explore Educational Technologies

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Students at Sachem High School East applied curriculum concepts to a number of engaging educational technologies supplied by the Sachem Public Library this May.

Expanding upon classroom topics, students utilized Legos and Strawbees to creatively design figures and structures. They explored more complex technologies while working with iPads to control mBots and Spheros, and incorporated geometry knowledge to arrange Tangrams as part of the Osmo set. 

Classes had the opportunity to visit the technology display throughout the week and students could revisit during their lunch period to further explore the items available. 

High School East Senior Receives Horatio Alger Scholarship

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Following a rigorous application process, Sachem High School East senior Angelica Knudson has been selected to receive the Horatio Alger State Scholarship. 

The Horatio Alger State Scholarship is awarded to students across the country who have encountered and risen above difficulties. The application process includes numerous short essay questions and a large essay describing a challenge the applicant has overcome. 

Angelica is enrolled in Advanced Placement literature, government and politics. She has been playing violin since fourth grade and is an active member of several clubs, including the Gay Straight Alliance, History Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions. She plans to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges to study English education following graduation. 

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Angelica said. “At times life may seem unclear but with persistence anything is possible.” 

Sachem Science Researchers Celebrated at Annual Symposium

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The Sachem science research department recently hosted its annual symposium at High School North in celebration of the tireless work displayed by the student-scientists throughout the school year. 

The symposium served as an opportunity to honor the science research students from grades 9- 12 for their continued dedication to science and their progressive research efforts. To begin the event, guest speakers Angelica Franqueiro and Daniel Waxman, seniors at Sachem High School North and East respectively, presented their research to an auditorium full of family and fellow research students. Next, Samantha Meadows, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine and a High School East alumnus, spoke about how Sachem shaped the beginning years of her academic experience, the importance of goal setting and how to effectively plan for the future.

“Science research is an important area of your academics because it allows you to fuel your own learning,” Meadows told the student-filled audience. “The power of your research is that you can do something that can change the world.” 

As the symposium concluded, 10 graduating seniors were recognized for their accomplishments in the science research program, and all attendees were welcomed to view posterboards of the students’ work on display in the gymnasium. 

Sachem High School East Graduates Celebrate Milestone

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A sea of successful students – the graduating Class of 2018 – blanketed the football field at Sachem High School East as they prepared to receive their diplomas as part of the annual commencement ceremony celebrating the momentous milestone. 

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the graduates who will be entering a branch of the armed services, and a warm welcome from Sachem High School East Principal Louis Antonetti, who reflected on the value of the challenging yet rewarding experiences the graduates will encounter in life. 

“With fear comes a discomfort level that will force you to see what you are made of,” Antonetti said. “So, graduates, please savor the obstacles that you encounter in life. In the short term they will be difficult, but later on the character they build is immeasurable.”

Class of 2018 valedictorian Tharini Prakash then delivered an empowering speech to her fellow classmates that called on them to continue to be courageous as they move into the future.

“It is our responsibility to make a real difference with the lessons that we have learned: to be brave, to stand up for what is right, to demand equality, to have empathy and be kinder than we need to be,” Tharini said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished thus far and look forward to seeing what we all do in the future.”

As the ceremony continued, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham reflected upon the impact of the connections the graduates have made during their high school experience.

“When you move on from here remember the lessons you learned from the people throughout the Sachem Central School District,” he said. “To me, these relationships are what define our district. These relationships define the spirit of ‘We Are Sachem.’”

As the congratulatory remarks concluded, members of the Class of 2018 crossed the stage one-by-one to receive their diplomas, and family and friends emphatically cheered as the new graduates threw their caps to the sky, leaving the field alumni of Sachem High School East. 

VIDEO: Sachem High School East Graduation

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Cosmetology Students Explore the World of Wigs

Cosmetology Students Explore the World of Wigs photo

Hair industry specialists paid a visit to Sachem High School North and East recently as cosmetology students attended an informational presentation exploring the multidimensional world of wigs.

Hair solution experts Nancy Kurfurst and Gail Sanderson from Wig Allure in Lake Grove delivered an eye-opening presentation on the expansive background of the wig industry. Students learned about the numerous types of hair solutions available to those who have experienced medical or natural hair loss. Additionally, they were introduced to different wig materials, how to choose the best option for each particular customer and the extensive work that goes into the production of a wig. 

“We measure our day in hugs,” Wig Allure owner Ms. Kurfurst said. “It is a moving experience to give someone back the thing that they lost.” 

As part of the cosmetology class unit on wigs, the presentation allowed students to ask industry leaders questions about their specific area of the hair profession.   




Sachem Science Duo Shines Through Brain Imaging Research

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Innovation and collaboration serve as the staples for success in the science research laboratory at Sachem High School East as two juniors continue to conduct advanced brain imaging research in connection with the Department of Radiology at Stony Brook University.

Since September, Ian Limjoco and Vincent Zhang have been working side by side on a study to identify gray matter lesions in the subcortical structures of the human brain brought on by multiple sclerosis. With help from a special high-powered computer provided by Sachem administration, the students have the ability to remotely access anonymous patient data and run analysis software to analyze fMRI brain scans. Utilizing the ITK-Snap 3D imaging software, the duo creates segmented renderings of patient data that is then studied in an effort to improve brain analysis techniques in the scans of multiple sclerosis patients. The students hope to identify where impairments become apparent in the patient’s bodily function by identifying the location of the lesions in the gray matter. 

“This is the closest we have come to working with human subjects,” Limjoco said. “This program has allowed us to advance our research through human connection.”

The ongoing collaborative research efforts led by Dr. Tim Duong, Stony Brook University’s vice chair for research, radiology, provides the Sachem scientists with countless educational opportunities as they progress through their research. Working in connection with medical students, Limjoco and Zhang have had the chance to attend college-level pillar courses studying MRI radiology and access labs that aren’t normally available to students until graduate-level college courses. 

“All of the institution-level research we conduct is an incredible introduction that supports my pre-medical aspirations,” Zhang said.  

Limjoco and Zhang recently presented their research at the Long Island Science Congress at St. Anthony’s High School and aim to continue their gray matter research into the summer.